Graveside inurnment with military honors for Wayne Albert Davenport, 93, Lawrence, will be at 2 pm Saturday, March 22, 2014, at Memorial Park Cemetery, Lawrence, KS. Friends may call from 9 am to 8 pm on Friday March 21, 2014 at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, where the family will receive them from 6:30-7:30 pm.
He passed away peacefully on Wednesday March 12, 2014, at Medicalodges in Eudora, KS.
Mr. Davenport was born January 18, 1921, in Lawrence, the son of Charles and Anna Ford Davenport. He graduated from Liberty Memorial High School in 1938. He attended Lawrence Business College for one year. Later he was a machinist at National Defense School at KU Fowler Shop.
During World War II he served in the US Army Air Corp. He was a part of the 680th Bomb Squadron 313th Wing 20th Air Force, and was stationed in Tinian Island Mariannas. When his military career was finished he had the rank of Sergeant.
Wayne retired after fifty years as a Superintendent at Kansas Construction in January of 1986, and worked part time at 6th Street Westlake Hardware from 2001-2008.
He married Genevieve Fern Comstock in 1946 in Lawrence. She died in 1975. He married Sara Ruth Wilson in April of 1976, she survives of the home.
Other survivors include one daughter Sharon Miller, Lawrence; one son Steven Wilson and wife Marcia, Perry; one daughter-in-law Linda Comstock, Knob Noster, MO; seven grandchildren, Elisa Edgar Loving, Dwayne Comstock, Kyle Twogood, Jill Christian, Kim Twogood, Shannon Heston, and Haley Winfrey; twelve great grandchildren, Braxton Loving, Luke , Max, Levi and Ava Twogood, Thomas, Jack, Genevieve and Jude Christian, Barrett and Harper Heston and Kennedy Winfrey; and several nephews.
He is preceded in death by his wife Genevieve Davenport, son Laurence Davenport; daughter Jane Twogood, two stepsons Philip and Richard Comstock and son-in-law Frank Miller; one brother Harley Davenport.
He was an avid photographer, woodworker and gardener. He loved jazz, history, Jayhawk basketball, but most of all, his family. He will always live on in our hearts.
The family suggests memorials made to Visiting Nurses or the American Cancer Society, sent in care of the funeral home.
Messages & Condolences
I have fond memories of Wayne of which I thought it was only proper that I name him popper since his wife was known to me as mommer. He was a quiet, simple man full of the highest grade of integrity that the Lord could make. We shared great memories for a short time in his life. I am blessed to have them with me today. God Bless you Popper.
Wayne was the quickest and fastest man at laying concrete that I’ve ever met. He knew all of the tricks of the carpenter trade and taught me so much. He was a good man.
I am so sorry for your loss. May “the God of all comfort” be with you, strengthen you, & give you peace during this difficult time.-2 Cor. 1:3,4; Phil. 4:6,7; Rev. 21:4
So very sad to hear of Wayne’s passing. Prayers to all of you in this time of sorrow.
Sara , Sharon , Steve & Elisa – I worked with Wayne long before he became Family ,a great man who will be greatly missed !
Wish I still lived in town so I could have no Uncle Wayne better. Deepest love and prayers to all!
Sara, Uncle Wayne will be missed. It’s hard to think that my Dad’s only brother is gone now, the end of the old days. I’m only glad that that my brother and I are able to carry the family blood line forward with our children.
Pat and I will be praying for you Sara.
You are all in our thoughts & prayers,
Helen Davenport, Weeks, Family Gary & Roxy [Rosella] Taylor
So sorry to hear about Wayne. He was a super guy and always a joy to be around. We all will miss him.
Sara, Sharon, Elisa & Braxton
My thoughts & prayers are with you in your time of need. Know that Wayne loved you dearly he had a great long life & now he is at peace.
Sara Ruth, Sharon, Elisa, Braxton, Steve,
Wayne had such an interesting and full life, and I know he was so thankful for his loving family. You,ve been right there with him with your love and care. Charlyn
Steve and Marcia, you have my deepest sympathies. He was a great guy and will be missed. May you find comfort and peace from the Lord, family, and friends.
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